Contact Dermatitis Symptoms and Causes

Contact dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis or Allergic Contact Dermatitis is one of the many forms of eczema.

Incidence: Very Common
• More than 3 million US cases per year
• Treatable by a medical professional
• Lab tests (allergy testing) required
• Short-term: resolves within days to weeks if you eliminate the cause.

Contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis are caused by an allergic reaction to something the skin has come in contact with over time. The reaction develops in the area where you are applying the product. You are not born with these allergies, you only develop them with exposure to the offending chemical. This means that you can develop an allergy to something you might have been using for several years. Simply switching to a different brand of the product may not change anything if it has the same offending chemical in its ingredients.

Cause of contact dermatitis: Contact dermatitis is caused by a toxic substance that irritates your skin or triggers a painful reaction. The toxicities could be one of thousands of known allergens and irritants. Some of which may cause both irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

What does contact dermatitis look like?

Allergic Contact Dermatitis requires a medical diagnosis: General symptoms include rashes, redness, blisters, fissures, hives, peeling, or ulcers. Itching is characteristic and swelling is also common.

Contact dermatitis symptoms
Contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis treatment

Treating Allergic Contact Dermatitis:

Self-care treatment for contact dermatitis: Cold compress, topical hydrocortisone, Moisturizer and Barrier cream can all be helpful. Avoiding the irritant or allergen should allow the rash to clear in two to four weeks if you identify it.

Our Clinical Treatment for Allergic Contact Dermatitis:

Prescribed Steroids which can be topical or oral if necessary, Antibiotics for any sign of infection, Topical antiseptic cleansers to prevent infection and calm inflammation and Antihistamines for itching can all be used for the right patient. Once the acute eruption is controlled, allergy testing to identify the cause is usually recommended and can be done in the office by one of our specialists. [ Make an appointment }


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